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Skype Brings Explorers, Authors and Scientists Into Classrooms Virtually

June 6, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Adam Balkin / TWC

Simple video conferencing is helping to forever change, many would argue for the better, how children are learning in the classroom. NY1's Adam Balkin filed a report on Skype in the Classroom in his latest Tech Talk.

This is the kind of thing that makes me a bit jealous of the opportunities children today have in school versus when I was a kid. Skype in the Classroom, now celebrating its fifth year, is a relatively common piece of technology, video conferencing, used to connect classrooms with high level scientists, authors, experts in all fields, even children in other classrooms from far away places, live and, virtually, in person.

"So for example if they're learning about geography or geology they can talk to an explorer on the top of Mount Everest, or they're learning about oceans they can talk to someone on a glacier and learn about the coastlines and the sea life there and the network is really built for teachers and by teachers where they actually post lessons as well and then we curate and bring in guest speakers and field trips all around the world," said Wendy Norman of Skype.

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